Na­tion en­cour­ages health­ier life­styles

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - ByWANG XIAODONG wangx­i­aodong @chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chi­nese peo­ple’s health will im­prove to the same level as peo­ple liv­ing in high-in­come coun­tries by 2030, ac­cord­ing to a plan re­leased by China’s cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

The blue­print, re­leased by the State Coun­cil on Tues­day, calls for build­ing a “healthy China” and lists tar­gets to be achieved be­fore 2030, in­clud­ing longer life ex­pectancy, low­ered mor­tal­ity rates and health­ier lives.

All cen­tral gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and lo­cal gov­ern­ments are re­quired to im­ple­ment the plan and will be re­spon­si­ble for meet­ing ma­jor tar­gets in their ju­ris­dic­tions, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion onWed­nes­day.

Av­er­age life ex­pectancy for Chi­nese is ex­pected to reach 79, more than two years longer than last year, the plan said.

The pre­ma­ture death rate for peo­ple with ma­jor dis­eases such as can­cer will also be re­duced, and they are ex­pected to live longer, the plan added.

In­di­vid­ual ex­pen­di­ture on health­care will be re­duced to about 25 per­cent of China’s to­tal health ex­pen­di­ture, from the cur­rent plan said.

The gov­ern­ment will carry out na­tional strate­gic pro­grams on the pre­ven­tion and con­trol of chronic dis­eases such as can­cer and stroke, a ma­jor threat to the health of Chi­nese, and im­prove ser­vices for key groups, such as preg­nant women, the el­derly and dis­abled, the plan said.

China will also con­tinue pro­mot­ing equal ac­cess to health­care ser­vices and give more sup­port to im­pov­er­ished ar­eas in the mid­dle and western parts of the coun­try to im­prove health­care for poor peo­ple, it said.

Li­uYuanli, deanoftheS­chool of Pub­lic Health at Pek­ing 29 per­cent, the Union Med­i­cal Col­lege, said a ma­jor threat to Chi­nese peo­ple’s health is chronic dis­eases.

“In­ci­dences of dis­eases such as can­cer, di­a­betes and hy­per­ten­sion are in­creas­ing rapidly,” he said. “The key lies in pre­ven­tion.”

Al­though the gov­ern­ment in­vests heav­ily in med­i­cal care, most of it is spent on disease treat­ment rather than pre­ven­tion, and this does not ad­dress the rapid rise of chronic dis­eases, he said.

More than 260 mil­lion peo­ple in­China suf­fer from chronic dis­eases, which cause 85 per­cent of all deaths in the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. 62,for­merdeputy­head­ofNa­tion­alDevel­op­men­tand Re­for­mCom­mis­sion

Liu Tienan,

Li­uwas found guilty of ac­cept­ing about 35.6 mil­lion yuan ($5.8 mil­lion) in re­turn for grant­ing fa­vors to busi­nesses.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­men­tary, Liu was sen­tenced to life in prison on Dec 10, 2014, for mis­us­ing his power for per­sonal ben­e­fit.

The doc­u­men­tary showed that a busi­ness­man from a chem­i­cal firm set up a com­pany for his son, Li­uDecheng, and gave him 825 mil­lion yuan with fab­ri­cated busi­ness con­tracts. The busi­ness­man was granted a chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing project as a re­ward.

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